Its that time of the year again, where we look forward to welcoming a new batch of
students to our respective institutes! Needless to say this also means the results are out and we
have to bid farewell to the final year students. As it is well known Change is the only Constant
in life! One of the major changes to take effect for all of us here in Maharashtra is the ban on
usage of plastics. How are we coping with this ban? It was long over-due and many conscious
citizens were prepared for it. Change is never easy and any old habit requires some amount of
time to die. As also new habits require time to be assimilated. Every coin has two sides and so we
hear a lot of news from the supporters of plastic. May be there is a grain of truth in what they
say, but the fact remains that plastics are choking our waterways which is akin to wrapping
plastic over your nose and mouth and trying to breathe! All of us being in the field of education,
I am sure are greatly concerned with this, we would love to hear what all of you are doing to
implement this ban in your campuses. Do write an email to- masapune@gmail.com to share
your initiatives and we will highlight them here!
A proud moment for Indian Architecture this year was the selection of our very own
Padmashree Balkrishna V Doshi as the 2018 Pritzker Architecture Prize Laureate, announced by
Mr. Tom Pritzker, Chairman of Hyatt Foundation, which sponsors the award that is known
internationally as architecture’s highest honor. It is a momentous event and all of us are
honoured to having a gem in the Indian architecture industry.
The new academic year also brings with it new teachers training programs. As like last
year, this year also all institutes will be sending the number of teachers proportionate to their
intake for these training programs. I am sure this will ensure that all teachers get a chance to
attend and upgrade their knowledge.
The MASA Fellowship Program 2018-19 will be offered again this year in which the
faculty is encouraged to integrate her/his process of research with the mainstream curricula
(e.g. studios/ lectures/study trips, etc.) in which she/ he is involved, the objective being to
introduce such an attitude among students. We await its impending announcement here!